The Decemberists // What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Categories:  Music Reviews    Music
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 4:40 AM
The Decemberists // What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by Alex Bieler

The Decemberists

What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Capitol

The Decemberists are a band that usually ties overarching themes to its albums, but latest album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World doesn’t dwell on any subject for too long. Coming from a group that has dabbled in verbose musings into anything from Japanese folk tales to sea shanties, a simple, more relaxed release almost seems odd, but the results generally work. Lead single “Make You Better” is a wonderful trip into a ‘70s-lounge style, spiked with an enjoyable rousing chorus. If there is a slight theme through the new album, it’s a focus on the band itself, whether Colin Meloy is jokingly singing of how music impacts fans on “The Singer Addresses His Audience” or a remark back on past tracks on “Anti-Summersong” (“I’m not going on just to sing another sing-a-long suicide song”). The former song and ends well, but the latter sounds cloyingly sweet, a sense that pervades a handful of songs and puts a damper on an otherwise enjoyable album.

Erie Reader: Vol. 7, No. 25
Now Available — Pick It Up Today

CURRENT

Use this calendar to your “Advent”-age

A merry little inspiration for your local shopping needs

I loved nearly every scene of Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.

Get out the door to see and hear what’s really happening at Scotty’s Lounge.

The latest Electroflux series will feature dRachEmUsiK alongside D.Minoza, greyscapes and Modular Moose.

IN THIS ISSUE

Use this calendar to your “Advent”-age

A merry little inspiration for your local shopping needs

I loved nearly every scene of Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.

Get out the door to see and hear what’s really happening at Scotty’s Lounge.

The latest Electroflux series will feature dRachEmUsiK alongside D.Minoza, greyscapes and Modular Moose.

Dark, intense, and infinitely cool, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Rest is captivating.

John Fetterman, a man for all cities, in push for Lieutenant Governor bid

 

Multiple outlets offer locally made shirt designs and more

Where next should we waste our billions of new gasoline tax revenue?

Justice League is nowhere near as bad as Batman v. Superman, but it’s not very good either.

2017 Best of Erie Voting Now Open! Vote Now!
Closing in
Click here to close now